In light of the announcement by the SNP Government on devolving further powers to the three island authorities. Shetland MSP, Tavish Scott, noted how this announcement contrasts with the Scottish Government's record of stripping powers from Shetland over the last eight years.
Tavish further commented:
''The SNP have been in power for eight years. They have removed powers, responsibilities and money from the islands. Only now, six months before an election, do they decide to ask people what they want.
''Why is there no guarantee over the seabed being placed under island control? Why does the SNP not accept that creating a state police force has not helped community policing? Why are Shetland's health services underfunded by £900,000 every year by the SNP's own funding formula?
''The Scottish Government could answer these questions. But instead of explaining the GP crisis, the imposition of school league tables on Shetland education and exclusion of Shetland from the government's cheaper ferry fares scheme we are presented with a draft SNP manifesto for next year's elections.''
Shetland, Scotland and the UK are a year on from the independence referendum. Far from being the once in a lifetime event promised by Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon the opposite has happened. The SNP act like they won. It is important to remember the actual result. More than 55% of Scots voted against separating Scotland from Wales, Northern Ireland and England. Here in Shetland more than 6 out of 10 voters said no thanks to independence. There was a huge turnout last September. More than 8 out of 10 people eligible to vote did. The result therefore was decisive. Yet sadly the SNP do not respect the verdict of the people.Read more
High fodder costs and sheep prices at a 7 year low will be highlighted by Shetland MSP Tavish Scott in a Holyrood agriculture debate today. He will use the Scottish Government’s debate to argue for short term assistance to hard pressed local crofters and farmers. He will also raise the importance of public sector bodies such as schools, hospitals and care centres buying local produce and the need for the Scottish Government to guarantee that CAP payments will be made in the first two weeks of December.
Tavish Scott said, “Crofters and farmers in Shetland are under pressure and they need government to respond to that. I will highlight these pressures in Parliament today and trust we get a good response.”Read more
Commenting after introducing co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign - ending violence against women - Michael Kaufman at a seminar in Lerwick today, Shetland MSP Tavish Scott said,
"Today was an inspirational start to a positive campaign to end violence against women, encourage active fatherhood and promote positive ideals in men. Canadian Michael Kaufman is recognised around the world for the work he does in helping men tackle prejudices and stereotypes. His talk today about creating workplaces free of sexual harassment was witty, powerful and very effective.Read more
I was pleased along side parliamentary colleagues to attend Holyrood Apple day which aimed to showcase the range of apples and apple products available. It was a fruitful day.
Tavish Scott meets Thubten Wangchen, member of the Tibetan Parliament in-Exile, at the Cross Party Group on Tibet stall in Parliament.
Shetland MSP, Tavish Scott, asked Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment, yesterday to use some of the €500 million package which was unveiled on Tuesday by the EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner, Phil Hogan, to support farmers and crofters in Shetland.Read more
Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has asked Agriculture Minister Richard Lochhead to ensure more homes, crofts and businesses are connected to superfast broadband. During Agriculture Questions in the Scottish Parliament the Minister confirmed that superfast broadband roll out needs to reach those areas currently not being helped.Read more
Shetland MSP Tavish Scott is to question why reintroducing standard school tests and league tables will help Shetland’s young people. He has been approached by local teachers concerned that the Scottish Government is turning its back on Curriculum for Excellence. This is designed to provide a broad education and support young people pursing apprenticeships, college or university education. Schools were previously ranked by standard Scotland-wide test results. The 1999-2007 Lib Dem-Lab Scottish Government removed these as there were no educational advantages. Now the SNP Government has said they will re-introduce a policy that did not work.Read more
This weekend many Shetlanders will come together in Lerwick in silent support for the Syrian refugees escaping the hell of civil war. The picture of a 3 year old Syrian boy drowned on a Turkish beach is now imprinted not just on the nations consciousness but across the world. People at home are taking real, practical steps to help. Led by the Shetland Solidarity with Refugees group volunteers are raising money, collecting clothes, bedding and food. The SIC and other national agencies and looking at what accommodation is available in Shetland. Local businesses are helping too.Read more